Spring Tennis


By: Carol

The thrill of any sport lies in the unpredictability of outcomes. For many years Pleasanton tennis team has been an underdog until this year took an unexpected turn when our entire team from singles to doubles put up a heck of a fight against 5-A schools even bringing home some medals.

Tennis is a different kind of competition in the spring, every man for himself. However, as anyone watching one of this year’s tournaments can see, the PHS teams’ comradery is what keeps them going through tough rounds. In competitive tournaments such as the one on March 9th at Steele High School, Pleasanton managed five medals. Most notably however their past tournament in Frederiscksberg Farah Standley brought home a medal, beating out Fredericksburg, Navarro, and Bernoe but falling short in the finals round. Coach Everett said, “She represented Eagle Tennis with pride and fought till the very end”. 

The Quill took some time to interview Farah following her recent success. She shares how this year everyone in the team helped to create a space for growth and built off each other. Going forward Farah is prepping for Pre-District, she says the motto for the rest of the year is “I am a CLEAR ball of positivity.” We’d like to wish Farah and the rest of the tennis team the best moving into district. PRIDE PRIDE. 

Track

  

By:Layla Rodriguez

This season our Pleasanton Eagle Track team has gotten off to an amazing start! Our athletes work so hard every day to hold their place in every meet. Every day is a learning experience and they gain new aspects of the sport each day. Our latest meets have been going really well for the Eagles, and we have been maintaining a high place on the leader board at every meet.

For this month’s interview we have chose to interview the girls relay team consisting of Megan Mayse, Cianna Acevedo, Alex Baldaras, and Scarlet Travis. This amazing group of girls managed to break the school record, and here is what they have to say “We are so proud that we were able to break the record, and we were so thankful for all of the support and encouragement from our friends and family. We would also like to thank our coaches for pushing us so hard every day at practice.” As you can tell these girls put in the work this season and are so passionate about what they do. Our boys have also been competing very well and have accomplished so much, a shout out to Jayden Palacious for breaking the record for the boys 100 meter dash. 

We are very proud of our Program as a whole and we hope to continue to grow and progress. Our athletes are so great full for all of the love and support, and they will continue to thrive with y’all’s support! Our athletes  really appreciate and encourage you to come out and support our Pleasanton Track Program! 

 

Swinging for success

By:Leighlah Silva 

Under the guidance of first-year coach Michael, the Pleasanton boys and girls golf teams are setting their sights high this season. With a goal of making it to the state tournament for the boys and regionals for the girls, the teams have been working hard to achieve success.

The boys team, led by three experienced seniors, has shown their skill and dedication on the course. Their first-place finish in the District 28 4A tournament is a testament to their hard work and talent. With standout performances from Mark Thornton and Levi Turner, the boys are primed and ready to compete at the regional tournament.

On the other hand, the girls team, although less experienced, has shown great promise and determination. Their second-place finish in the district tournament was a stepping stone towards their goal of making it to regionals. With coach Michael’s guidance and the support of their teammates, the girls are motivated to continue improving and competing at a high level.

Coach Michael is impressed by the commitment and dedication of all the golfers on the team, both experienced and new. He believes that golf is a sport that can be enjoyed for a lifetime and is excited to see the progress and growth of each player.

As the teams prepare for the regional tournament in April, the Pleasanton golfers are focused and determined to achieve their goals. With a strong work ethic and a supportive team environment, both the boys and girls teams are confident in their abilities to succeed on the course. With their eyes set on the prize, the Pleasanton golf teams are ready to show what they are capable of at regionals.

Powerlifting

By Alex Richter

March 2024’s exploration into powerlifting unveils the transformative journey of individuals who embrace the sport’s unique challenges and triumphs. Through the lens of a seasoned coach and a dedicated powerlifter, we delve into the personal experiences that shape the world of powerlifting. Their stories offer a glimpse into the discipline, mental fortitude, and community spirit that powerlifting fosters.

Coach Crowther, with thirteen years of experience, initially drawn to powerlifting in high school, speaks to the sport’s deeply personal challenge: “It’s just you and the weights.” This simplicity and directness were what inspired him to not only embrace the sport but also to guide others on their powerlifting journeys. His coaching philosophy is anchored in three core values: “Faith, Family, and Football,” Yet, his father’s lesson, “If I have to ask you to do something, then I might as well just do it myself,” underscores a fundamental powerlifting ethos: self-reliance and personal accountability.

The coach’s mindset about powerlifting is built on trust and seeing potential in his athletes that they might not see in themselves. “The beautiful part of powerlifting is that those athletes have to trust me,” he reflects, emphasizing the role of trust in achieving success. His proudest achievements aren’t the medals or state championships but rather the individuals who go on to inspire others, echoing his influence as a coach.

On the athlete’s side, I interviewed Makenna Pelle. the journey into powerlifting began in ninth grade, propelled by natural strength and encouragement from Coach Fostor and family. The athlete shares the sport’s physical and social challenges, from the cumbersome process of donning a powerlifting suit to the importance of comfort with failure and vulnerability. Her training regimen is rigorous, reflecting a disciplined approach to continual improvement. “I just try to lift a little bit more, and then a little bit more,” she states, encapsulating a mindset of progress.

Mental preparation for competitions reveals a blend of anticipation, focus, and self-encouragement. Describing the moment of competition, Makenna Pelle shares, “It’s like everything goes silent… everything just goes away while you lift,” highlighting the intense concentration and psychological isolation of powerlifting.

Powerlifting emerges as a test of physical strength and a profound journey of personal growth, discipline, and community. Through the shared experiences of Coach Crowther and Makenna Pelle, we see how powerlifting transcends the act of lifting weights, embodying lessons of trust, perseverance, and the power of believing in oneself. 

PHS: Varsity Baseball + Softball

By: Allison Collins

PHS Baseball

 

Both Softball and Baseball are two excellent programs at PHS. Currently, Baseball is 4-1 in district games and 20-2 overall. They are ranked in the top 25 teams in the region! They are on the road to the playoffs, with all those wins it’s hard to see how they could slow down. Some upcoming games are Uvalde AWAY at 7:00 pm on April 2nd. Carrizo Springs AWAY at 7:00 pm on April 5th. Bracken Christian HOME at 7:15 pm on April 8th . Devine HOME at 7:00 pm on April 12th. Somerset AWAY at 7:00 pm on April 16th.

Coach Standley is an amazing coach that speaks very highly of his team and rightfully so! They work incredibly hard and their efforts don’t go unnoticed, Junior Cade Sugera was voted the San Antonio Express Baseball Player of the Week!

Softball is at 7-12 overall and 1-5 for district. “We are adding more wins to this years column, we are preforming better than previous years” said Asst. Coach Arevalo. They are also currently ranked 6th overall in the district. Upcoming games include Uvalde AWAY at 7:00 pm on April 2nd. Devine HOME at 7:00 pm on April 12th. Somerset AWAY at 7:00 pm. “In the next couple of weeks, if we take care of business, we will be fighting for a playoffs spot” Coach Arevalo is definitely committed to helping build up the softball program the best he can, also stating “Even though we are young the girls bring experience and talent to get softball back on track”.

 

Staff Spotlight: Mrs. Velasquez

By: May Smith

This month’s staff member that is in the spotlight is Mrs. Velasquez! I was given the opportunity to interview her and gain some amazing insight as to what she enjoys about PHS as well as what made her join us here in the nest.

When I asked her what made her apply to be the Student Services Clerk here at PHS, she said that she was hired as an inclusion aide. She was an aide for Ms. Martinez, and loved working with her. “I always loved seeing Ms. Martinez interact with students and parents. I heard about her promotion and inquired and was lucky enough to be selected. I enjoy that everyday it’s something new. I get to interact with students, parents and visitors of PHS and help build lasting relationships.” Mrs. Velasquez, while no longer an aide, is still able to help those who come to the front office. I was one of the ones as well, as I had to come up for help with finding certain papers or handing over a note to excuse my absence if I ever got sick. Even when I was dealing with a situation in my life, Mrs. Velasque was there to help and I’m honestly proud to have her here at PHS. She is an amazing member of the Eagle Nest.

Asking about her job before becoming the Student Services Clerk was very interesting. As she works as a real estate agent while working as the Student Services Clerk here at PHS. Like wow! That’s amazing, and the fact that not only she can help us and our families when they come here to PHS, she can also help families find a forever home as a real estate agent! Though her favorite experience here at PHS was getting selected by seniors as an educator influencer. “I have been blessed to be selected by 2 students, Miranda Caballero and Tristan Salmeron. I was also asked to dance with the pacesetters from Larissa Villarreal. Making these memories with these students means the world to me. I love all my kiddos and can’t wait to see what they accomplish in life.” She told me, and I could tell that she was smiling at these amazing memories that she had made. 

One of the most occurring questions is “If you had one thing to say about PHS, what would it be?” And while it comes around alot, it has some of the most diverse answers depending on who we ask. Mrs. Velasquez was proud to have some incredible staff here that truly care about us kids and helping us succeed, and she is even prouder to be one of the staff that helps us whenever we need a lift.

Student spotlight: Jayden Fox

By:Leighlah Silva 

From navigating the highs and lows of high school to embracing challenges both in and out of the classroom, Jayden Fox has illustrated what it means to be a dedicated and driven student at Pleasanton High School.Throughout his four years, Jayden has been an active participant in extracurricular activities, including cross country and track, showcasing not only his athletic brilliance but also his commitment to personal excellence. Additionally, Jayden has showed his musical talents to the school band, skillfully playing the tenor saxophone with passion and skill.However, Jayden’s impact goes beyond the field and the stage. Inspired by his father, Jayden has embodied the values of resilience and strength, turning obstacles into opportunities for growth. Jaydens father’s guidance has shaped Jayden into a compassionate and determined individual, ready to take on new challenges with unwavering determination.Jayden’s academic journey has been marked by the support and guidance of teachers like Mrs. Bast, whose dedication to her students has inspired Jayden to strive for greatness. Mrs. Bast’s commitment to excellence has not only influenced Jayden’s academic pursuits but has also served as a guiding light in their personal development.Looking ahead, Jayden plans to attend Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, a testament to their ambition and drive. With a goal to inspire others and make a difference in the world, Jayden is poised to embark on a new chapter filled with endless possibilities.As Jayden Fox prepares to leave a lasting legacy at Pleasanton High School, his journey serves as a reminder of the power of perseverance, determination, and the unwavering support of family and mentors. Jayden’s story is not just one of academic achievement but also of personal growth and resilience, making him a shining example for his peers and a source of pride for the Pleasanton Highschool community

JROTC: Military Ball + Road to National Drill Meet

By: Allison Collins

PHS Eagle Batallion

 

The Eagle Battalion recently had their annual elegant Military Ball, held at the American Legion in Jourdanton, TX. Every year, special members are nominated and voted to represent the Military Ball Court. This year, the elected are as follows: the King and Queen are Elijah Sanchez and Vivian Hernandez, the Prince and Princess are Roman Martinez and Yasmeen Diop, the Duke and Duchess are Daylan Aguero and Sophia Delgrego, the Lord and the Lady are Nikolo s Forman Emily Breier.


All year round, the PHS JROTC program has been grinding, working their way up to the National Drill Meet at Daytona Beach in Florida May 1st-5th! Each year, the sponsors select 20 male anad female cadets to compete. They begin early in the school year, doing four local drill meets and then moving up to more challenging ones, competing against other schools from New Mexico, Colorado & all over the state of Texas. From there, the top 10 teams are picked to represent in Daytona.


The Cadets are also incredibly involved in the community participating in Halloween events, National Night Out, Cowboy Homecoming, Poteet Strawberry Festival, Merry on Main and SO much more! In recent events, on March 25th, the Eagle Battalion achieved the status of Honor Unit with Distinction with a rating of 98.5 out of 100 points. This is a great achievement for the JROTC program. Staff and students alike are proud to have a skilled and dedicated JROTC program to represent PHS in these competitive and community-driven events.

BPA


By: Carol

The Business Professionals of America organization is meant to build leadership, academic, and technical skills in young adults who have an interest in business-like career fields. Through this the organization allows opportunities for networking and competitions to gain greater real-life experiences. Here at PHS, our BPA students do just that and more.

Most recently our BPA students took on the State Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi with their heads held high. On day 1 of the conference, PHS was awarded the Social Media Award. On day 2 of this conference tensions were high as it was the start of individual competitions, but no need to fret as Jayden Sawn and Delaine De La Fuente both made it to finals in their events, Prepared Speech and Economic Research. Day 3 began with team competitions where PHS’s Global Marketing team and Presentation team made finals. On the final day, day 4 held the finals and award ceremony. Delanie placed 3rd in speech and will be attending Nationals in Chicago! Meanwhile, the Global Marketing team, Presentation team, and Jayden Swan all made National alternates. 

The Quill was granted to interview Delanie on her experience in BPA. For the past three years, she competed in Prepared Speech, for this event she had to write a formal speech about a business topic with a strict time limit “ it has to be between 5-7 minutes, any less or any more and you will be disqualified” she shared. Delaine has been incredibly successful this year, placing first in regionals, and 3rd in state advancing her to nationals upcoming in May. Outside of being very successful in her competition, Delaine said “ BPA has prepared me in my communication skills  and professionalism.” Congratulations to Delaine and the teams traveling with her, PHS journalism wishes them the best of luck at nationals!

Monthly Cause

10 Reasons to Donate Blood - Baton Rouge Clinic

What a time to celebrate the lifesaving contributions of blood donors across the country. January marks National Blood Drive month, a time to recognize the selfless contributions of blood donors nationwide. Blood donors are crucial to hospitals and healthcare facilities, yet supplies often run low. Did you know one pint of blood could save up to three lives?!

 Get involved today! Sign up to donate blood at a local blood drive, volunteer to help with snacks, and spread the word to encourage friends to donate. By donating, you can help save lives, learn your blood type, receive a free mini-physical, earn community service hours, help donors, promote diversity, feel a sense of fulfillment and purpose, give back to your community, help bridge the gap in blood supply during the winter months and make a tangible impact on public health 

Donating blood is a simple yet powerful way to make a difference. Let’s come together to ensure a stable blood supply and celebrate the lifesaving impact of blood donors.  

True Crime Vol. LI: The Midnight Assassin

By: Kendall Zuniga

On December 31st, 1884, the world was introduced to its first serial killer, The Midnight Assassin. For over a year, a spree of murders was seen unlike anything ever before in the city of Austin, Texas. Seven female residents, including the boyfriend of one of the victims, were all attacked with several weapons including knives, axes, bricks, and iron rods. When police arrived they were appalled by the scene of the crimes. Police brought in bloodhounds to hopefully track any clues that could help lead them to the perpetrator of the crimes, sadly, they couldn’t find any leads. Private detectives were even hired, hoping that they could solve the case of the crimes, yet again, they found no leads. 

Most of his victims were found to be predominantly young African American and white women.  Although many African American suspects were accused of such crimes, police would find that they were all not guilty and were let go. Even a candidate running for mayor was an accused suspect but was ultimately found not guilty. Many theories would be tossed and thrown around but, none of them could ever be proven correct. 

During this time, the phrase “serial killer” didn’t exist, FBI agents who specialized in behavioral science, crime scene studies, creating profiles for serial killers, and the FBI in general didn’t exist. 

The Midnight Assassin was never caught and had left the community apprehensive about the safety of their own homes, never knowing if he would return. 140 years after the murders, we still have no clue who exactly took away innocent lives that day in December. 

Wonka Movie Review

By Alex Richter

In “Wonka” (2023), director Paul King takes audiences on a whimsical journey into the origins of the iconic chocolatier Willy Wonka, portrayed by the talented Timothée Chalamet. Chalamet’s performance infuses Wonka with a delightful blend of vulnerability and eccentricity, complemented by the film’s stunning visuals and vibrant palette. While “Wonka” offers a captivating exploration of its character’s early adventures, it does struggle with pacing issues and a somewhat superficial treatment of Wonka’s character development. Despite these flaws, the film’s charm and Chalamet’s magnetic presence make it a worthwhile watch, especially for fans of the original stories and those seeking a visually enchanting cinematic experience. So, if you’re ready for a journey into a world of whimsy and wonder, “Wonka” is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you craving more.

Stress and Motivation tips 

By: Layla Rodriguez
For this month’s advice column, we will discuss how to cope with the stress from schoolwork and how to stay motivated. School can be very stressful at times, especially towards the end of the year when the workload is doubled. It becomes very difficult to stay motivated and get all of your work done, and even more difficult is you are constantly stressed. 

When school starts to become the most stressful is when your work starts to pile up, a great solution to that is to always make sure you utilize your class time, set aside special time outside of school each day dedicated to finishing extra work, and make sure you use any spare time in class to complete work from other classes if needed. By doing these few simple things, it will definitely help to lighten your workload. That being said, the less work you have, the less you have to stress about getting it done. Just doing those simple things is so important for your mental state and can bring down stress levels just like that! Stress has lots of negative effects on teens, such as: breakouts, headaches, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, and poor academic performance; that’s why it is important to keep your stress levels as low as possible.

Now we will cover the different ways to stay motivated! I get it, school work is boring, but it has to be done in order to stay successful. Doing your work and staying motivated also impacts your stress levels. Some great ways to stay motivated while in school or doing homework are: listening to music, taking brain breaks every so often, rewarding yourself, and making specific times for doing work. All of these are great ways to motivate yourself, and you always have to remember that you are doing it for a great reason; to be successful!

After reading this article hopefully you have learned some new tips and tricks to stay stress free and motivated! Let’s see you put these ideas into action!

 

Horoscopes – March #51

Aries – You’re focused, you’re driven, you’re passionate! You’ve got everything working for you right now. So, give yourself the permission to take more risks and to boldly step into the wilderness. Give yourself the permission to accept with grace the new opportunities knocking at your door, beautiful. Something tells us, you will uncover many hidden treasures on this journey towards greatness! Given that we have an eclipse later this month, it would be fair to say that unexpected changes await you on both the professional and the personal front.

 

Taurus – It’s been one helluva journey and only you know the trials and tribulations you’ve gone through before you got here! You’re finally at a point where you’re able to relate to the other with ease and with joy. You’re excited about the life you’re co-creating together and you’re having open and honest conversations about how you want to be loved and supported at this time. There’s a lot you cherish about this connection. But what you value the most is how they celebrate you and hold space for you to come as you are, beautiful!

 

Gemini – You want what you want, and there’s no two ways about that. Here’s the thing, though: not everybody you experience that spark with is going to want to live out the white picket fence fantasy with you. That doesn’t mean the given relationship is incapable of enriching your life in some way or bringing some umami to the table. There are many ways to love and be loved, Gemini. Honor each and every connection for its uniqueness.

 

Cancer – We get it, Cancer! Things on the love and romance front have been topsy-turvy for a while now. Does that mean you should give up on the idea of romance altogether and lie around sulking at home? We think you already know the answer to this one, beautiful! Overheard at the cosmic conference: it’s time to move through life with the inner knowing that what you’re asking for is already yours! When it comes to your professional pursuits, a major level up is indicated. For some of you, this could manifest as a raise, a promotion or the corner office. Acknowledge your journey for it is your hard work that has enabled you to get where you are today. This month, you’re being called to wield your power in order to inspire change on a collective level. 

 

Leo – It’s official, Leo! Your days of dreaming and scheming are behind you. It’s time to get into action mode and make big things happen! Your ability to take calculated risks and implement radical changes will prove to be a superpower at this time! When in doubt, ask yourself the question: “does the given opportunity align with my long-term vision?” Oh, and one more thing! Don’t forget to look around and notice all the things that have come to fruition in these past few weeks. The Universe is always giving you proof of magic! 

 

Virgo – Things are looking as good as they feel, Virgo! This chapter of your life is about stepping into the limelight—boldly and unapologetically—and sharing your divine gifts with the world. Your days of doubting yourself and seeking external validation are behind you. It feels good to be your biggest cheerleader right now! ‘Course that doesn’t mean everything’s going to be picture-perfect. Both success and failure are a part of the package here in the earthly realm. But, you understand that we cannot control the outcome of our actions. The only thing we can do is give it our best and surrender the rest! That said, don’t be afraid to move differently, especially if an overseas opportunity comes knocking at your door.

 

Libra – Whatever is not a vibrational match will have to go. That’s how the universe works. That’s how the law of attraction works. Wade through the discomfort as you remember that everything is ultimately taking place for your highest and greatest good. A good question to ask yourself at every step along the way: does it bring me joy? You owe it to yourself to follow your bliss, flex your manifestation muscles and create the life you have always envisioned for yourself. Content with where you are but not how much you’re making? Remember that you are the change and the change begins with you. The full moon and eclipse in your sign later this month is bringing with itself the opportunity to let go of the outmoded beliefs so you can invite more pleasure and prosperity into your world. That said, you will also have the chance to gain wealth through passive sources of income.

 

Scorpio – This guidance isn’t about you and the other, Scorpio. It’s about you and your relationship with yourself. So, the real question is: how do you feel called to support your healing journey at the moment? Start by prioritizing joy as you remember that every little step in the right direction counts. Overheard at the cosmic conference: guilt and shame don’t deserve a seat at your table. As such, March 2024 promises to be a lucky time when it comes to your career and finances. Things are not just happening to you, though. It’s your hard work that has brought you to this point in your journey. So, take a moment to notice all that is coming to fruition as you send out a prayer of gratitude to the divine forces.

 

Sagittarius – But, have they really changed like they claim they have? We think you already know the answer to this one, Sagittarius. We’re not saying they don’t deserve another chance. N-uh! We’re simply encouraging you to revise the rules of engagement before you get back together. If you think you’ve outgrown a certain relationship or pattern, that’s okay too. As always, focus on communicating your truth with clarity and holding space for them to share what’s in their heart. In the realm of work, you’re being guided to get up and show up despite everything that transpired in the past. Think not of your failure as a setback but as a springboard for growth, resilience and success.

 

Capricorn – But, they’ve always had ulterior motives. This is something you’ve been aware of on a subconscious level. Yet, you chose to see what you wanted to see and hear what you wanted to hear, Capricorn. For you, Pisces season is about calling your power back and unapologetically drawing your boundaries. It’s time to redirect your energy towards your big goals. There’s so much you want to accomplish in the coming years, and you don’t plan to stop now! When it comes to love and relationships, something new and exciting is indicated. Are you looking for just another spring fling, though? Something to think about as you move through the day. Word for the wise: move into a space of clarity and communicate your dreams and desires to the other.

 

Aquarius – That healing is a mysterious process is *not* news to you, Aquarius. The important thing to remember right now is that the emotions that are resurfacing are resurfacing for a reason. They’re bringing to your attention how and where you need to bring a little more love and a little more compassion into the equation. Don’t be afraid to do the work, beautiful. Seek help if that’s what your journey requires at the moment. Overheard at the cosmic conference: it’s time to find joy and pleasure in your own company. On the upside, you are entering into a significant cycle when it comes to your professional life—a time when things will come together for you in the most unexpected manner.

 

Pisces – Kissing frogs is no longer your kink, Pisces. Your birthday month sees you entering your commitment era! You want to build a nest with somebody who’s ready to go all in and isn’t afraid to meet you where you are. You’re looking for more than just physical chemistry. You’re looking for a partner, a co-author and co-conspirator. Somebody who’s willing to set off on all kinds of adventures with you and experience the full spectrum of deliciousness and juiciness life has to offer. What the cards are reminding you: you deserve that mind, body and soul connection, beautiful. On the career front, it’s your time to dominate! You’re showing up with that big goals energy and pursuing that which sets your soul on fire.

Monthly Cause: National Blood Donor Month

By: Britney Rodriguez

 

What a time to celebrate the lifesaving contributions of blood donors across the country. January marks National Blood Drive month, a time to recognize the selfless contributions of blood donors nationwide. Blood donors are crucial to hospitals and healthcare facilities, yet supplies often run low. Did you know one pint of blood could save up to three lives?!

 Get involved today! Sign up to donate blood at a local blood drive, volunteer to help with snacks, and spread the word to encourage friends to donate. By donating, you can help save lives, learn your blood type, receive a free mini-physical, earn community service hours, help donors, promote diversity, feel a sense of fulfillment and purpose, give back to your community, help bridge the gap in blood supply during the winter months and make a tangible impact on public health.

Donating blood is a simple yet powerful way to make a difference. Let’s come together to ensure a stable blood supply and celebrate the lifesaving impact of blood donors.